The 2017 NFL Draft is just over a month away, and we’ll hear about a number of players that the Colts are interested in before the draft arrives.
One such player is Missouri defensive end Charles Harris. Earlier this month, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller wrote about how Harris is a “favorite” of Chris Ballard’s, so it should be no surprise that in Miller’s latest mock draft, released today, he has the Colts selecting Harris with the 15th overall pick.
The Colts really need EDGE help, and Harris would provide that. Even though Indy added Jabaal Sheard, John Simon, and Barkevious Mingo in free agency, they ideally need to draft a pass rusher early in the draft. The guys the Colts signed will likely provide an upgrade over Erik Walden at the strongside spot, and while they can indeed get after the quarterback too, the Colts should add a playmaking pass rusher in a draft class that has a number of good prospects at that area. It seems the Colts may think that Charles Harris is capable of being that type of player.
Though 15 may seem like a bit of a reach for Harris, it all depends on how highly the Colts value him. It could be possible, however, that if Harris is their target they might be able to trade back a few spots and still grab him, but that depends on how many teams also like Harris as we get closer to the draft.
During his collegiate career at Missouri, Harris appeared in 38 games and recorded 136 tackles, 34.5 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, five passes defensed, five forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He recorded 18.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks in 2015, and then as a junior in 2016 he recorded 12 tackles for loss and nine sacks.